Cupping Sydney Sydney, CBD, NSW

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) teaches that it is the stagnation of qi and blood that causes pain and disease. Cupping invigorates local circulation of qi and blood in the area being treated, resolving swelling, pain, and tension. By drawing impurities to the surface, it removes toxins.

From a Western physiology perspective, cupping loosens connective tissue or fascia and stimulated blood flow to the surface. Cupping stimulates tissue relaxation and better cell-to-cell communication.

The research of U.S. physiologist and acupuncturist Helene Langevin has documented cell-level changes using an ultrasound camera. She has demonstrated that techniques like cupping, acupuncture, and massage relax tissue and reduce markers of inflammation. Inflammatory cytokines (chemical messengers) are reduced, and cytokines that promote healing and relaxation are increased.

Journal of Physical Fitness, Medicine, & Treatment in Sports.- Submission: March 27, 2018; Published: April 03, 2018


At Active Performance Clinic we use a variety of cupping techniques such as Moving Cupping, Stationary cupping, Flash cupping sometimes as a light way of breaking up the surface layer fascia so that we may reach the scar tissue that is causing the adhesion which then causes the impaired movement of the joint or muscle.

As you move your muscle has a sliding mechanism which allows the layers of muscle to slide not just stretch. However, sometimes through overuse, excess strain or tearing, scar tissue is formed to stop the movement whilst the body is healing. Once the healing is completed though sometimes, we do not regain the movement because the scar tissue or adhesion is still present. What this then causes is a restriction in movement which can then cause bad muscle memory or movement gaits.

What is Active Performance Cupping?


Cupping improves overall health by removing the energy blockages that TCM practitioners identify as barriers to the flow of healthy energy or qi.

For athletes, cupping may help increase blood flow to a particular muscle region or help reduce pain. Numerous athletes from the Olympics in Rio 2016 used cupping. This was easily seen by circular markings on some of the U.S. swim team members including our very own Australian Michael Phelps.

Through our experience the use of cupping and other modalities can significantly improve:

  • local pain relief

  • muscle relaxation

  • Headaches \ Migraines

  • Tight and stiff muscles

  • Back pain

  • Rotator cuff pain

  • Piriformis syndrome

  • Stress

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • ITB Pain \ tightness

  • Achilles tendonitis

  • Radial tendonitis

  • Lateral epicondylitis

  • Medial epicondylitis

  • Cervical Spondylitis

  • Improved blood flow

  • Boosted immunity

  • Reduced inflammation

  • Calming the nervous system

  • Stretching the muscles and connective tissue

  • Loosened adhesions and restrictions in the tissue

  • Relaxation

  • Improved athletic performance

  • Improved general wellbeing

  • Knee Pain

Side Effects

There aren’t many side effects associated with cupping. The side effects you may experience will typically occur during your treatment or immediately after such as:

  • Light headiness

  • Nausea

  • Dizzy

  • Sweating

  • Scarring of the skin

  • Hematoma (bruising)


Journal of Physical Fitness, Medicine, & Treatment in Sports.- Submission: March 27, 2018; Published: April 03, 2018
K. Ullah, A. Younis, M. Wali

An investigation into the effect of cupping therapy as a treatment for anterior knee pain and its potential role in health promotion
Internet J Alternative Med, 4 (2006), p. 1
A.M. Al-Bedah, T.S. Aboushanab, M.S. Alqaed, et al.

Classification of Cupping Therapy: a tool for modernization and standardization
J. Compl. Alternative Med. Res., 1 (2016)
Jong-In Kim, Myeong Soo Lee, Dong-Hyo Lee, Kate Boddy, Edzard Ernst

Cupping for treating pain: a systematic review
Evgeni Rozenfeld, Leonid Kalichman

New is the well-forgotten old: the use of dry cupping in musculoskeletal medicine
J Bodyw Mov Ther, 20 (1) (2016), pp. 173-178


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